With the election of the territory's first Chief Minister, J.A.G.S. McCartney, the islands adopted a constitution on 30 August 1976, which is Constitution Day, the national holiday.
The judicial branch of government is headed by a Supreme Court; appeals are heard by the court of appeals and final appeals by the United Kingdom's Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. There are three justices of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Edwin Goldsbrough has stated his intention to leave the post in March 2014.
The other justices are Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale (who has acted as Chief Justice on occasions when Goldsbrough was out of the country) and Justice Joan Joyner. The islands also have a Court of Appeal with a president and at least two justices of appeal.
Magistrates' Courts are the lower courts and appeals from Magistrates' Courts are sent to the Supreme Court.